1145– The eastern prong of the Iraqi advance south is halted by US Marines outside of Khafji. Casualties are heavy for the attacking force and the surviving Iraqi troops and equipment start pulling back towards the border with elements of 1/7 Marines in pursuit. Reconnaissance flights, and reports from USMC Force Recon teams on the ground in Kuwait report no signs of additional Iraqi forces preparing to cross into Saudi Arabia.
1300– Multiple attempts by the Soviet ambassador to contact the Iraqi foreign minister for updates on the fighting in Kuwait are ignored.
1450– Iraq’s western advance into Saudi Arabia has come to an end. After the Saudis were earlier in the day, a strong counterattack by 2/7 Marines enveloped and stopped the Iraqi force’s drive before it reached Hafar Al-Batin. Now the Iraqi battalions are scattered around the desert, out of communications with neighboring units and higher headquarters, and facing the possibility of encirclement.
1625– In Baghdad, Saddam Hussein is becoming more concerned with the growing activity on the border with Iran. With the bulk of Iraq’s elite Republican Guard divisions now tied down in Kuwait an Iranian offensive towards Basra and beyond could be successful. As the minutes go by, Iraq’s advance into Saudi Arabia is becoming less and less consequential when compared to the increasingly strained situation on the eastern border.
1754– With permission from his division commander, the colonel in command of the Soviet 328th Guards Airborne Regiment in Dhahran contacts his American counterpart and requests a ceasefire. The two colonels soon meet in a hangar at the Dhahran airbase for discussions. A ceasefire is agreed upon and will take effect at 2000 hours. Further negotiations concerning a more solid cessation of hostilities continue.
1930– 2/7 Marines reports over 600 Iraqi troops have surrendered en masse in the last twenty minutes.
2000– Ceasefire begins in Dhahran.
2300– A final agreement is reached. The 328th Guards will surrender unconditionally to the 82nd Airborne Division at 0015 Hours local time on D+15.